Baby Steps

Well, we did it. We got rid of our cable and just have internet. We’ll save about $80 a month. Woo-hooo. Maybe that will pay a TINY part of our car insurance that just tripled with the addition of a 16-year old boy. Sigh.

The boys just laughed when I asked them if they cared if we got rid of cable. They are indeed a different generation. Ernie was the tougher sell because he’s a news junkie. Almost all the shows or movies we watch are on Amazon, Netflix, etc. We very rarely watch shows on what we refer to as ‘the major labels.’ Ernie might go into withdrawal if he can’t flip around to new stations and talk back to them however. So, we have an antenna on order (thank you for the recommendation Arlene) and will work it out. I felt somehow giddy about this all. Sue understood…she said it’s because you feel like you’re taking control. I’ve got our phone bill down to about as low as I can manage. Four phones add up, but I paid off the last of the device payments and nobody better think about getting a new phone any time soon (OWEN). I’ll save $20 a month by switching to auto pay with my debit card. Oh, and I had bought a router to replace the one from Comcast but never could get it to work. I need to set my tech crew back on that project.

What else can I do to save some money? Well, probably go through my bank statement etc., to figure out what I am currently subscribed to. For instance, I swore I had gotten rid of Hulu, only to find, whoops, that I am paying for the no commercials service without realizing it.

I pay Apple Music, somewhat begrudgingly, because Owen swears he could not survive without it. I guess I could do the annual plan and save two months-worth. I’m so bad at being careful with money. I just didn’t inherit that gene. My sister Judi did, but Debbie and I, alas, did not. Just like Judi got the gene that made her able to wear scarves gracefully. I didn’t get that one either. Baby steps though, baby steps.

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7 thoughts on “Baby Steps

  1. Yes, beautiful photo. I’m a news junkie, too, and all the best bits are online anyway. I think Ernie will adapt. Also, public radio is our friend.

  2. I’m beginning to think watching news on TV is a waste of time. How many times a day to we have to hear the same story? And then listen to four talking heads yak-yakking about the story. And then six talking heads yak-yakking about the story an hour later.

  3. For things like car insurance and Apple Music, if they are significantly for the boy(s), then perhaps they could pitch in for some?

  4. For things like car insurance and Apple Music, if they are significantly for the boy(s), then perhaps they could pitch in for some?

Thoughts?

Baby Steps

Well, we did it. We got rid of our cable and just have internet. We’ll save about $80 a month. Woo-hooo. Maybe that will pay a TINY part of our car insurance that just tripled with the addition of a 16-year old boy. Sigh.

The boys just laughed when I asked them if they cared if we got rid of cable. They are indeed a different generation. Ernie was the tougher sell because he’s a news junkie. Almost all the shows or movies we watch are on Amazon, Netflix, etc. We very rarely watch shows on what we refer to as ‘the major labels.’ Ernie might go into withdrawal if he can’t flip around to new stations and talk back to them however. So, we have an antenna on order (thank you for the recommendation Arlene) and will work it out. I felt somehow giddy about this all. Sue understood…she said it’s because you feel like you’re taking control. I’ve got our phone bill down to about as low as I can manage. Four phones add up, but I paid off the last of the device payments and nobody better think about getting a new phone any time soon (OWEN). I’ll save $20 a month by switching to auto pay with my debit card. Oh, and I had bought a router to replace the one from Comcast but never could get it to work. I need to set my tech crew back on that project.

What else can I do to save some money? Well, probably go through my bank statement etc., to figure out what I am currently subscribed to. For instance, I swore I had gotten rid of Hulu, only to find, whoops, that I am paying for the no commercials service without realizing it.

I pay Apple Music, somewhat begrudgingly, because Owen swears he could not survive without it. I guess I could do the annual plan and save two months-worth. I’m so bad at being careful with money. I just didn’t inherit that gene. My sister Judi did, but Debbie and I, alas, did not. Just like Judi got the gene that made her able to wear scarves gracefully. I didn’t get that one either. Baby steps though, baby steps.

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2 thoughts on “Baby Steps

  1. For things like car insurance and Apple Music, if they are significantly for the boy(s), then perhaps they could pitch in for some?

Thoughts?

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